After a nearly three-year pursuit, the Elmwood Village Charter School purchased former School 36, set on Days Park in Buffalo. The site will allow for much need capacity due to a major school expansion. With the 2010 charter renewal, the EVCS Board of Trustees elected to undergo a significant expansion by extending its grades served through 8th grade, and by adding a second classroom at every grade level.
School 36 at Days Park, a former Buffalo Public School was the natural choice as a facility, allowing EVCS to stay in the vicinity while reinvesting in the West Side. The acquisition process for School 36 was significantly delayed by legal wranglings from a competing developer. Thanks to a public outpouring of support from citizens and politicians, the sale was approved in September 2011 and the final sale closed on November 22.
EVCS has engaged HHL Architecture to lead the renovations on the new building, slated for September 2012 occupancy. Work on the building, which has been shuttered for nearly a year and half, is set to begin immediately. The new site will bring together 200 students from 124 Elmwood with those at the temporary satellite location at First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle.
Since opening in 2005, EVCS has consistently performed above the state average in the NYS standardized tests, including most recently that 100% of 4th grade students tested at or above grade level in math, and outperforming state averages in all areas. Elmwood Village Charter School has quickly become both successful and respected in the community.